Learning About the Hubble Telescope

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Learning About the Hubble Telescope

by: Kay
Posted January 11, 2016 | Programs and Events

Since the time of Galileo, astronomers have shared a single goal — to see more, see farther and see deeper. For 25 years, the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits the earth, has been one of the greatest advances toward achieving that goal and is considered one of NASA’s most successful science missions. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or a backyard stargazer, don’t miss our astronomy program, Through the Eyes of the Hubble Telescope on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m., as we learn just how much of an impact the Hubble has made both in the area of science and in our everyday lives.

Hubble ImageMichelle Nichols, Adler Planetarium Educator, University of Illinois graduate, and self-proclaimed “space geek”, will give us a guided tour as we view some of the hundreds of thousands of well-known and not-so-well-known images the Hubble has beamed back to Earth. We’ll also learn how it confirmed many of the mysteries and theories of the universe held by scientists for years, such as the actual age of the universe (about 13-14 billion years). Lastly, we’ll get a sneak peek at the James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble’s replacement, which is set to take over in 2018.

If space is indeed the final frontier, it is also one of the most beautiful and fascinating places for scientists and astronomers to explore in their continued quest to understand the cosmos. Come explore with them at our Hubble program.